Leah + Kyle’s Matte Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

I’m loving every detail in these wedding invitations from Sam and Kelly of Deliver. Art Deco-inspired details, classic typography, and stunning matte gold foil? Yes!


From Sam and KellyOur bride, Leah, was inspired by her delicate 1920s engagement ring. She had the brilliant idea to create a wedding that centered around the era in which her ring was made. We used the things that she loved most about her ring as inspiration for her invitation design: vintage details, delicate but ornate line work, and of course, gold.



The typography lends itself to the vintage details, while the gold and soft gray creates a sense of elegance and glam. Her entire suite was printed with a matte gold foil on a natural color paper.




Thanks Sam and Kelly!

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Photo Credits: Deliver

William’s Letterpress Calligraphy Birth Announcement

Happy Monday everyone! I couldn’t resist starting the week with these beautiful baby announcements from Sarah of August Blume for her youngest son, William. Sarah combined a hand drawn arrow pattern with beautiful calligraphy and a sweet photo of her handsome guy. A perfect combination!


From SarahWhen I was creating the birth announcement for our son, William, I wanted to reflect our gratefulness for him and his health. With a rocky start in this world, he spent quite a bit of time in the NICU. William is truly a gift, and we are so very thankful for him!



The announcement was letterpress printed on double thick 220# Lettra, and features a blind impressed pattern of hand-drawn arrows. The belly band was flat printed on one of my favorites – French Paper’s Sno Cone cover.



I commissioned Angi of Angelique Ink to letter his name in a soft yet still boy-friendly hand. My sweet and incredibly talented friend, Beth Morgan, drove over 7 hours to photograph William when he finally came home from the hospital. Letterpress, custom calligraphy, and a sweet baby! Three of my favorite things. Although, the baby takes the cake. 


Thanks Sarah!

Design: August Blume

Calligraphy: Angelique Ink

August Blume is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Sarah’s beautiful work right here!

Photo Credits: August Blume

Lillian’s Blush Pink Letterpress Birth Announcements

These beautiful blush pink letterpress birth announcements were created by Carrie of Callidora Letterpress + Design for her daughter Lillian. Carrie wanted the announcements to have a classic feel while incorporating whimsical handmade elements. The resulting announcements couldn’t be any sweeter!


From CarrieI wanted Lillian’s birth announcement to feel handmade yet slightly formal and classic. I had recently purchased a sewing machine and had been making little headbands and dresses for Lillian and wanted to try sewing paper for quite some time. I thought it would be a lovely touch if I sewed her newborn photograph to the announcement.


I chose a thread that perfectly matched the blush paper and gave a feminine touch without being over girly. The photo was attached to the card but was playful in the way it lifted from the paper. Each announcement was printed on thick blush pink 100% cotton paper. I decided to letterpress print the announcements in metallic gold ink to contrast with the craftiness of the sewn on image.


I also chose two contrasting fonts, one more classic and traditional – the other a more hand-made and whimsical. By contrasting these elements the announcement because exactly what I was looking for, handmade with a touch of formality.



Thanks Carrie!

Photo Credits: Callidora Letterpress + Design

Andrea + Henry’s Illustrated “The Giving Tree” Wedding Invitations

So many of us have wonderful childhood memories of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – and today we get to see that book re-imagined in wedding invitation form! Clayton Beltran is the in-house illustrator at Smudge Ink and created these invitations for his sister’s wedding. The entire team at Smudge Ink helped bring these invitations to life, from design guidance to letterpress printing!


From Clayton: My sister’s favorite children’s book growing up, and surely still to this day, would hands down be none other than beloved Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree.” Our Uncle (and her godfather) gifted her first and only copy when she was just a wee little whipper snapper still rocking the Punky-Brooster-esque pig tails. Flash forward 28 plus years… one of her most sentimental possessions has now become the inspiration for her wedding and her wedding invitations.





The designing and execution of these invitations has definitely been a family affair involving my blood-related family on the West Coast and my new family of creatives here on the East Coast here at Smudge Ink. Sabrina and Emily at Smudge provided guidance and an injection of realism into my initial overly ambitious layout — especially given the stingy two-week time frame I allotted myself. My bosses at Smudge, Deb and Kate, were so understanding as to let me take last minute half days during the crunch time of production!



Thanks Clayton!

Invitation Design: Clayton Beltran of Smudge Ink

Letterpress Printing: Margaret and Emily of Smudge Ink

Die Cutting: Classic Letterpress in Billerica Massachusetts

Calligraphy: Marilyn Sarasqueta

Paper: Soho Paper

Envelopes: letterpresspaper.com

Custom Postage Stamps: Zazzle

Coral Baker’s Twine: Whisker Graphics

Smudge Ink is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Clayton Beltran

Kristen + Tim’s Hermès-Inspired Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates

Any time I hear that a couple wanted something they’d never seen before for their wedding invitations or save the dates – I know the results are bound to be good! These wedding invitations and save the dates from Melissa at Atheneum Creative are elegant and classically beautiful, but also innovative – starting with the letterpress printed SILK save the dates!


From MelissaKristen and Tim wanted something they had never seen before for their save the dates – always a great challenge! We letterpress printed their text on silk and layered it with a letterpress printed die cut cover with a custom pattern inspired by a Hermès scarf.



Their invitation picked up all the elements of the save the date, incorporating the silk fabric into a bellyband with a die cut logo tag.



For their wedding logo, Kristen wanted a monogram that resembled her favorite Hermès bracelet. We created a wedding logo/monogram with the letter “S” that emulated the rope pattern on her bracelet. In addition to the invitations and save the dates, the logo was used on the reception floor and ceremony backdrop.




Thanks Melissa!

Design: Atheneum Creative

Calligraphy: Grace Edmands

Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography